In our last meeting, we realized that reminders of best-practices (for our work overall and for the meeting itself) would be better framed as meaningful drivers themselves. We decided to try starting meetings with a driver/affirmation to focus on why we are meeting and what we hope to accomplish. To that end, I’ve drafted two driver statements. They are a starting point, and I welcome suggestions and feedback.
Overall mission level driver:
Most FLO projects remain underfunded; and paywalls and embedded ads remain predominant. We see crowdfunding as a solution but it’s not yet ready to fully use. We need to finish the minimum-viable foundations of the Snowdrift.coop platform. With those basics in place, we could bring in our own funding, begin support of outside projects, and then have a clearer path forward to a better world built on cooperation and FLO values.
We have a small team of volunteers committed to the mission but with limited time and energy. Momentum in the right directions motivates us and outside contributors. Stagnation or getting sidetracked can halt that positive feedback loop. We need to stay connected as a team and keep our eyes on the prize, supporting one another on a human level while continually refining and updating our work. With cooperative teamwork and continual refinement, we can figure out the most effective path forward to achieving our mission to help fund public goods and a free society.